Just one month after Opening Weekend, KillerFrogs begin their coverage of the TCU baseball team. The Frogs were selected to host last year’s Fort Worth Regional last year, but their dreams of Omaha just fell short.
A young but experienced group of outfielders aims to lead TCU back to the postseason in 2022. What can we expect from this unit this season?
Lots of returning talent
A few injuries last year thinned out an initially deep group of outfielders for TCU. Those players are back in action and ready to play some serious time for the Frogs.
sophomore Sam Thompson suffered an injury before the 2021 season began, leaving him playing just five games. As a true freshman in 2020, Thompson batted .304 in eight games (note: the 2020 season was canceled after 15 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Garrison Berkley also missed most of the season, leading to a red shirt designation. The now red-shirted freshman returns this season after making one start in right field last year. Look out for a new number for Berkley – he will now put on No. 11 after wearing No. 48 last year.
Injuries do not define this group of course: experience and talent do. sophomore Elijah Nunez leads the group after being named to the 2021 All-Big 12 Freshman team. He started 49 games as a true freshman, including 31 in midfield. Nunez was and likely will be the primary leadoff hitter last season. He registered 18 RBI, 10 stolen bases and reached base safely in 41 of 52 games.
sophomore Luke Boyers made 42 starts in the entire outfield last season. He made 18 right field starts, 15 left field and nine center starts. Boyers batted 0.307 with 46 hits, 22 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He was named to the 2021 Fort Worth All-Regional Team and will now be number 6 (was number 45 last season).
Red shirt sophomore Porter Brown was a late season hero for TCU. He was named the Big 12 Tournament MVP after going huge several times. Brown also earned the All Academic Big 12 honors last season. He made 27 starts in left field while hitting .342 (3 home runs).
Logan Maxwell joins TCU as a true freshman after an incredible high school career. From Lima, Ohio (northwest quadrant of the state), Maxwell was named the Division-II Player of the Year. Note: Ohio is flipping their high school divisions, with DII being the second largest schools.
The state’s No. 1 outfielder recruit hit a ridiculous .600 with 10 home runs in his senior season. Maxwell brings a power-hitting aspect to an ultra-efficient outfield batting group.
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